When we hear the term “bacteria” we often think of it as something dangerous that could cause us infections and diseases. However, that is not always the case. Inside our body resides trillions upon trillions of bacteria -- and most of them are good. Microbiome is the term coined describing the tiny living things that are found all around us and are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They live in water, soil, and air. Bacteria, fungi, and viruses are included when we refer to microbiomes.
MICROBIOME AND THE HUMAN BODY
There are different kinds of microbes inside the human body but when we say “gut microbes” we usually refer to them as the bacteria inside our guts. That said, humans have evolved to live with microbes for millions of years. During this time, microbes have learned to play very important roles in the human body. In fact, without microbes, it would be difficult to survive.
MICROBIOME AND THE GUT
Interestingly, the majority of these microbes live inside our gut. Studies show that these microbes have a broad range of functions that affect our body in various ways. When our gut health is poor, the microbiomes inside it produce gas and chemicals which contribute to the symptoms of intestinal discomfort. However, when it is healthy, it does its function properly through maintaining homeostasis and preventing (or promoting) inflammations.
Aside from direct gut symptoms, it was discovered that microbes also affect our body’s heart health, sugar level, and brain health.
Did you know that Purely is good for your gut? Yes! Besides tasting amazing and having naturally occurring prebiotics, there are other amazing health benefits from the apple cider vinegar we infuse with!
HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR GUT MICROBIOME?
There are many ways to improve your gut microbiome, including:
- Lessening high-sugar foods
- Exercising regularly
- Staying hydrated
- Eating whole grains and plant-based diets
- Taking foods/drinks that have prebiotic and probiotic (Purely)
Gut microbes play a very important role in our overall health. They have different functions that overall contribute to our body’s homeostasis. An imbalance may contribute to poor health, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and upset stomach among many other disorders.
To help support the growth of healthy microbes inside our gut, we must sleep well, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, eat well, and drink/eat your prebiotics! Simply add Purely to your seltzer, smoothie, or salad to boost your microbiome!